At the other end of the spectrum from Steve’s post on a lightweight, open source screen recorder, but also of interest to those needing live screen capture with additional audio and video, is a new product from TechSmith - Camtasia Relay. Designed for educational institutions wanting to record lectures, including presentations, video and sound recording, Camtasia Relay sits on a dedicated Win2003 server and routes recordings taken in lecture venues across site directly to Blackboard via the network.
From our first impressions, Camasia Relay looks to offer a much more streamlined workflow for academics wanting to provide live-capture course materials in a variety of file sizes and formats via their VLE, but without the legwork of manually saving, editing, compressing, delivering etc. Blackboard course profiles and filetype preferences can all be stored along with the user’s other network LDAP preferences, and applied automatically to content as it is uploaded.
The new recorder front-end which will accompany the server software, and which allows up to a licensed number of simultaneous recordings over the whole site, is also PC and Mac compatible, allowing greater freedom in choosing presentation and other software tools (especially pleasing as I write this post on a Mac Pro !). We hope to see Camtasia Recorder’s trademark ease of use preserved, and its capabilities enhanced with new features.
TASI will have an evaluation system up and running soon, to see whether all these promises are fulfilled !
There’s a nice little open source screen capture program available on the web for Windows users. CamStudio will record whatever happens on all or part of your screen, but there are a few nice extras as well.
Posted by Zak Mensah on Tuesday 14 October 2008
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